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Cathey Theriot United States (11/17/2012 9:19:00 AM)

This poem is to help one remember the presidents of the United States in the chronological order in which they served.

The first on the list is Washington Virginia's proudest name.
John Adams next the Federalist from Massachusetts came.
Three sons of old Virginia into the White House go.
T'was Jefferson and Madison and then came James Monroe.

Massachusetts for one term sent Adams called John Q.
And Tennessee a Democrat, brave Jackson Staunch and true.

The poem continued on through Harry Truman. I would love to have it again

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  • Rookie Cathey Theriot (11/17/2012 7:54:00 PM) Post reply
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    Thank you so much Laura. I had to memorize this poem in the 7th grade in Sister Mary Peter's class. Now I have all that Ms. Gilman wrote. Perhaps Sister Peter made up the rest to fill in from Coolidge to Truman. Thanks again.

  • Veteran Poet - 1,693 Points Laura Burns (11/17/2012 1:25:00 PM) Post reply

    I could only find it through Coolidge:

    Our Presidents—A Memory Rhyme
    First on the list is Washington, Virginia's proudest name;
    John Adams next, the Federalist, from Massachusetts came;
    Three sons of old Virginia into the White House go—
    'Twas Jefferson, and Madison, and then came James Monroe.

    Massachusetts for one term sent Adams called John Q.,
    And Tennessee a Democrat, brave Jackson staunch and true.
    Martin Van Buren of New York, and Harrison we see,
    And Tyler of Virginia, and Polk of Tennessee.

    Louisiana Taylor sent; New York Millard Fillmore;
    New Hampshire gave us Franklin Pierce; when his term was o'er
    The keystone state Buchanan sent. War thunders shook the realm
    Abe Lincoln wore a martyr's crown, and Johnson took the helm.

    Then U.S. Grant of Illinois who ruled with sword and pen;
    And Hayes, and Garfield who was shot, two noble Buckeye men.
    Chester Arthur from New York, and Grover Cleveland came;
    Ben Harrison served just four years, then Cleveland ruled again.

    McKinley—shot at Buffalo—the nation plunged in grief,
    And " Teddy" Roosevelt of New York served seven years as chief.
    Taft of Ohio followed him. Then Woodrow Wilson came—
    New Jersey's learned Democrat; war set the world aflame;

    And when the tide of strife and hate its baneful course had run,
    The country went Republican and Warren Harding won.
    No duty would he shirk, —he died while on a western trip;
    Coolidge of Massachusetts then assumed the leadership.

    -Isabel Ambler Gilman

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